Lisa Sharon Harper, senior director of mobilizing at the Christian social justice organization Sojourners, via E.M. Woodson
I’m not familiar with Lisa Sharon Harper or the Sojourners organization, but I was struck by Harper’s three spiritual truths in her post “The Other Lie” on Rachel Held Evans’ site.
1) Every human being on the face of the earth—every person in this restaurant, every person on the street, and every single person in Ferguson—is made in the image of God.
2) That means, all things being equal, every single person on earth was created with the command and the capacity to exercise Genesis 1:26-27 dominion, which means to steward or in modern terms, to exercise agency or lead.
3) To diminish the ability of humans to exercise dominion, is to diminish the image of God in them—and to diminish God’s image on earth. And the fastest and surest way to diminish the ability of humans to exercise agency, to—to lead is through poverty or oppression.
When we diminish someone’s agency, we diminish the image of God in them.
The uprising in Ferguson was an inevitable reaction to the institutional racism coursing through the area for decades…
When I spoke with Antonio Morgan at his home, his muted TV was showing footage of the violence in Ferguson.
He glanced over and nodded. ‘For so long, nobody has listened to them,’ he says. ‘That’s what they’re angry about. That’s why they’re lashing out.’